Custom Hand Made Outdoor Light Fixtures for Gas and Electric Installations

Is it important enough for a client to insist upon custom fabricated fixtures versus off the shelf, mass-produced lighting fixtures? Absolutely, if the client wants a one-of-a-kind fixture based on careful research of a historic antique or simply a fixture that you won’t see on every other house in the neighborhood. Custom outdoor exterior lanterns are based on careful research of 17th and 18th-century custom exterior lighting that is timely today and perfect for residential and commercial use. Custom light fixtures are handcrafted by highly trained artisans, with very high standards and hand finished with beautiful patinas and specialty art glass.

Custom made-to-order outdoor lantern for Alexandria, VA by customlightstyles

Custom outdoor lighting fabricators have always involved themselves with creative projects that include the client’s input, because, after all, the client has a vision of how they want the final outdoor light fixture to look like, upon completion. From the initial design to an actual full-scale hand-drawn draft and pattern, prototype moulds, the completion of the prototype, the fabricator should show the client each of the steps to make sure he has done exactly what the client wants.  After the design prototype has been approved, there is the finish selection, the glass choice and the actual trial testing of the fixture, the photographing of the fixture, then the careful packing and handling, prior to the outgoing shipment.

Custom outdoor light fixtures
should be UL compliant outdoor light fixtures, whether they are gas or electric. When dealing with a custom outdoor lighting fabricator, it is important that the manufactory has an excellent reputation, supported by many years of careful fabrication and expertise, with in house designers who give their attention to every detail. Whether it’s home lighting you seek or an innovative historical reproduction for your business, a custom outdoor lighting fabricator should also offer energy saving solutions in a complete range of outdoor lighting fixture styles.

Article written by Mary Lu Hunt, owner of customlightstyles design and fabrication

For custom lighting direction and ideas, call Mary Lu Hunt at 707-547-9909.

Are LED Luminaires truly a better choice over High Pressure Sodium bulbs?

Medieval Post Lantern, CustomLightStyles

Lighting designers, lighting specifiers and manufacturers of outdoor lighting fixtures are in a quandary about whether they should be using High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs over LED lights.

The hot question right now is whether people actually favor white light over yellow light. Here is what could be asked regarding the preference:

  1. Does LED light provide the broad-spectrum white light that is conducive to night vision for both pedestrians and drivers?
  2. Which type of light source is more pleasing to the eye?
  3. Which light source is more cost-effective in the long term?
  4. Which light source is more energy-efficient?

LEDs cut energy usage by over 50% when compared to using HPS lamps. So, in this case, they are more energy-efficient. Remember, these bulbs/luminaires are being used for street installations in commercial applications, not residential projects. LED lamps also have a longer lifetime (about 60,000 hours when using a 67-watt bulb, then a HPS, which usually last about 20,000 to 30,000 hours, using a comparable 90-watt bulb.) Generally speaking, most people prefer the white light emitted from the LEDs over the yellow light coming from the HPS lamps.

LED bulbs are more expensive (but coming down in cost as the demand continues to grow) than HPS bulbs since they last twice as long as High-Pressure Sodium bulbs (with a life expectancy of up to 15 years depending upon the type of streetlamp). This last feature truly makes them more cost-effective since they don’t need to be replaced as often as HPS lamps, thus also reducing maintenance costs in the long run.